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Sedation Dentistry

Does the thought of visiting the dentist give you anxiety or create fear? If so, Prosthodontic Dental Group may have the solution for you! It's called sedation dentistry, and it can be used to treat even the most severe dental phobias. With sedation dentistry, there is no longer a reason to avoid going to the dentist!

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to eliminate a patient's fears or anxieties. It is sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although the majority of patients remain conscious unless they are under general anesthesia. Sedation dentistry can be used for almost anything, from the most minimally invasive procedures to oral surgery. There are four levels of sedation:
•  Minimal sedation: a relaxed, yet fully conscious state.
•  Moderate sedation: a state where you may slur your words and have difficulty remembering parts of the procedure.
•  Deep sedation: a state where you are on the edge of consciousness, but still responsive to verbal commands and stimulus.
•  General anesthesia: a state of complete unconsciousness.

Types of Sedation

•  Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, this is the most common form of sedation in a dental office. Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep but is an effective way to reduce your anxiety about a dental procedure. Our team will be able to control the amount of sedation you receive, and adjust accordingly. The gas wears off fairly quickly and is typically the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home following the procedure.
•  Oral conscious sedation. Also known as Enteral sedation, it is sedation that comes in the form of a pill or liquid that is taken orally. Oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you may be given a pill similar to valium that will make you drowsy and relaxed, although you will still be alert. For moderate sedation, you may be given a pill or liquid that is used in combination with nitrous oxide.
•  IV sedation. Intravenous (IV) sedation is another common method to reduce anxiety by administering the sedative directly into a vein. This technique allows our specialists to provide a deep state of sedation without suppressing your breathing or heart rate function. You will be conscious, but most patients have little or no recollection of the procedure.
•  General anesthesia. During general anesthesia, you will be put in a unconscious state that suppresses some of your bodily functions. This is why vital signs, such as your pulse, blood pressure, and heart rate must be monitored closely. Patients under general anesthesia cannot be awoken easily, even by painful stimulation. You will need to monitored for a period after the procedure as well.

Most forms of sedation also involve the use of local anesthetic, a medication that completely numbs the site where your specialist will be working. In some cases, sedation dentistry can be used if a patient has an allergy to the local anesthetic.

Are you a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is reserved for patients with a real fear or anxiety that prevents them from receiving dental care. We may suggest sedation dentistry if you:
•  Have a low pain tolerance.
•  Have severe anxiety or fears.
•  Have sensitive teeth.
•  Have a sensitive gag reflex.
•  Have difficulty sitting still in the dental chair.
•  Need a significant amount of dental work.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you have been putting off your visit, because of your anxiety, we can help! Call (916) 264-9655 to schedule your appointment today!
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